Henry Van de Velde was a Belgian painter, architect and interior designer. He is considered one of the main founders of Art Nouveau in Belgium. Velde spent time in Germany and was important influence on German architecture and design at the beginning of the 20th Century. Velde abandoned painting in 1892, when he first attempted architecture. Valde used simplification and repitition, ideads which can be shown in Modernist art and architecture. Aswell as architecture, Velde designed a lot of furniture. The design of this chair is simplistic which would make it easier and cheaper to produce, these elements are carried through to Modernism.